COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

BVHS is a Covid safe site. As a member, volunteer or visitor to the museum you can assist by following the following protocols:

Wear a mask and be vaccinated!!
Use the QR code to enter or ask a volunteer to electronically sign you in

Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly.

People with COVID-19 may experience symptoms such as:

  • fever
  • respiratory symptoms
  • coughing
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • Other symptoms can include runny nose, headache, muscle or joint pains, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of sense of smell, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite and fatigue.

To stop the spread of COVID-19, people with even mild symptoms of respiratory infection, should get tested.

Ensure you do not attend the museum if you are feeling sick – this includes if you have any of the listed COVID-19 symptoms.

Good hygiene requires everyone, at all times to:

  • cover their coughs and sneezes with their elbow or a clean tissue (and no spitting)
  • avoid touching their face, eyes, nose and mouth
  • dispose of tissues hygienically, e.g. in closed bins
  • clean and disinfect shared equipment after use
  • have no intentional physical contact, for example, shaking hands and patting backs
  • wash and dry hands completely before and after smoking a cigarette

Hand Washing
Everyone must wash and dry their hands:

  • before and after eating
  • after coughing or sneezing
  • after going to the toilet, and
  • when changing tasks and after touching potentially contaminated surfaces.

Good hygiene requires everyone to wash their hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry them completely.

Hand sanitiser can be used. Rub your hands together, covering all surfaces of both hands, including between your fingers and up around your fingertips and nails. Rub hands together for 30 seconds to allow your hands to completely absorb the product and the hand sanitiser to completely dry. Hand Sanitiser is available in the museum.

Social distancing

  • One way to slow the spread of viruses, such as COVID-19, is physical (social) distancing.
  • Physical distancing is necessary because the most likely way of catching the virus is by breathing in micro-droplets from another person sneezing, coughing, or exhaling.
  • By ensuring there is 4 square metres of space per person and maintaining a physical distance of at least 1.5 metres from others where possible, you will reduce the likelihood of exposure to micro-droplets of others.
  • Avoid physical greetings such as handshaking, hugs and kisses.
  • Follow the arrows for proceeding through the museum
  • Ensure visitors follow social distancing processes (e.g. customer numbers in museum rooms and waiting for service.)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Cleaning
The museum will provide a supply of PPE (gloves, hand sanitiser and wipes) for use in the museum

Change your gloves any time you would need to wash your hands:

  • After touching your body
  • After using the toilet
  • After eating or drinking
  • After handling dirty equipment or utensils
  • After handling raw food

In some cases regular washing of hands is a better control than wearing gloves.

If gloves are not used appropriately, they can pose a risk of spreading germs, putting workers and others at risk. When a person wears gloves, they may come into contact with germs which are then transferred to other objects or their face if they don’t replace and dispose of or clean their gloves between tasks. Gloves are not a substitute for frequent hand washing. Complacency while wearing gloves can reduce hand hygiene.

Always wash your hands before and after putting gloves on.

Please ensure you use the disinfectant wipes to regularly wipe down any hard surfaces or high frequency touch points in the museum.